Whaikaha Pay gap report and Diversity and Inclusion plan published

Whaikaha – Ministry of Disabled People has published their first combined Kia Toipoto (pay gap) report and Diversity and Inclusion plan. 

The report combines Whaikaha pay gap data with our diversity and inclusion action plan. The plan outlines the actions we will be taking to establish good pay and diversity and inclusion practices. It is mapped to Te Kawa Mataaho – Public Service Commission’s Kia Toipoto external URL and Papa Pounamu external URL public service goals. 

The Kia Toipoto plan 2021-24 focuses on closing gender, Māori, Pacific and ethnic pay gaps. Papa Pounamu sets the diversity and inclusion work programme for the wider public service and recognises that we need to make better progress for ethnic groups, women, disabled people and Rainbow communities. 

The findings of our first pay gap report show that: 

  • The gender pay gap at Whaikaha is 10.2%, compared to a public service pay gap in 2022 of 7.7%.  
  • For our Māori employees, our average pay gap of 4.9% is lower than the 6.5% public service average. 
  • Our pay gap for disabled people is 8.1%. Whaikaha is voluntarily including this data and there is no public service comparison available this year. 

“These results show us that we have work to do to understand and correct any pay gaps that cannot be reasonably explained. I want our people to feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work and be part of a workforce where people are valued for their contribution to our important and transformative mandate,” says Whaikaha Chief Executive Paula Tesoriero. 

“As the disability pou lead for Papa Pounamu, I am also committed to working with other agencies to close pay gaps for disabled people across the public service.  

“Building the solid foundations of a robust and equitable remuneration framework will take time, and I look forward to continuing to work with our kaimahi (staff), our colleagues across government and the disability community to progress our ambitious goals in this area,” says Paula Tesoriero.